Movies I watched in 2010

Tees Maar Khan
Band Baaja Baarat
Rakhtacharitra II
Chronicles of Narnia : Voyage of Dawn Treader
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
Break Ke Baad
Jhootha Hi Sahi
The Japanese Wife
We Are Family
I Hate Luv Storys
Peepli Live
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
Shrek : Forever After
Harishchandrachi Factory [Marathi]
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa [Tamil]
Badmaash Company
El Orfanato [Spanish]
Nekromantik [Germen]
Salo [Italian]
Magadheera [Telugu]
The Postman [Tamil]
Shadows of Time [Bengali]
Phoonk 2
The Dark Knight
Happy [Telugu]
The Exorcist 3
The Exorcist 2
The Exorcist
Love Sex aur Dhokha
Road, Movie
Karthik Calling Karthik
My Name is Khan

Favorite Films of 2010

Year is coming to an end. Lists are pouring in.. after lot of [lazy] tries of listing out my favorites - finally here I am with my favorite movies of the year. All the listed movies are released during the year 2010. Name and short take on why I liked it.

[Though there are many movies I have seen for the first time, during this year, but released earlier, so haven't counted them. ]

10. Robot : Shankar+Rajini. Larger than 'larger than life'. Aish -beautiful. Silly earworm songs. [my take]

09. Striker : Sidhharth. 90's Mumbai. Ankur Vikal as Zaid. [my take]

08. Jhootha Hi Sahi : Stammering John. Music. Perfect music videos. Nice ensemble. Cute. [my take

07. Love Sex aur Dhokha : Lovely first story. Nice interweaving of 3 stories. Fresh talents. [my take]

06. Peepli Live : "Natthha Maregaaa...."  [my take]

05Dabangg : Salman. Salman's dance. Salman's comic timing. Salman's action. Salman.... [my take]

04. Guzaarish : Hrithik Roshan. Aish in Udi. Music. Goa. [my take]

03. Ishqiya : Hawt and strong - Vidya Balan. Performances. Music. Background of movie. [my take]

02. Once Upon A Time in Mumbai : Retro feel. Fab acts. Music. Dialogues. Screenplay. [my take

01. Band Baaja Baaraat : Re-re-watch value. Ranveer and 'phatakha' Anushka. Music. Dilli. [my take]

Worthy mentions : 
Movies, that I enjoyed watching and worth mention besides the top 10 list. 

1. Rakhtcharitra-I : Blood. Gore. Absolutely gripping and shocking. Power acts. [my take]
2. Shaapit :  Scared me like anything. Ramsay revisited. :) [my take]
3. Kites : Nice music videos. Acts. Dancess - Hrithik, again. [my take]
4. Raavan : Priyamani. Cinematography. Music. Take on Ramayan. Climax. [my take]
5. Karthik Calling Karthik : Perfect minimal execution. Lead pair. Music. Story. [my take]

Disappointments : 
Huge applauds by critics, makers and audience. But somehow, didn't strike the right chord for me. [i know these 3 movies are in top list of all]

1. My Name Is Khan : When everyone was happy, it was nice. When things go wrong - everything goes off.  [my take]

2. Rajneeti : Gripping like never seen before first half, absolutely cliched annoying second half.  [my take]

3. Udaan : Best music of the year. But slow in parts. Confused main theme of aspiring writer. Emphasized on 'freedom' of wrong kind. [my take]

Non Hindi - But must watch : 

1. The Japanese Wife : Rahul Bose. Beautiful Sunderban. Sweet Bong language. Lovely story. [my take]
2. Harishchandrachi Factory : Father of India cinema - Dada Saheb Phalke. Need I say more? [my take]

Last note, I have not seen yet, 3 movies that are favorites of many list makers : Phas Gaye Re Obama, Tere Bin Laden and Well Done Abba.

Tags : Best movies of 2010, Top movies of 2010, Best Hindi Films of 2010, Favorite films of 2010

Band Baaja Baaraat : Mini review

It annoyed me from the very first promo of the movie that the 'hero' looked so average. Wondering 'what did Aditya Chopra see in him that was worth a three film contract'? The movie and his performance answered me for that. Ranveer Singh is the star of the show, well not only him, but Anushka Sharma shines as well.

Again, a movie based in Delhi - Dilli. Showing true colors of the city. Unlike posh urban culture of 'Aisha', BBB has its heart set in the streets of middle class Delhi and get it absolutely right. More interestingly-it is shot 'on location' capturing true flavors, true colors of the city.

Dialogue and screenplay are pretty sharp. Music is absolutely addictive [Salim Sulaiman]. There won't be a single person who did not want to dance when 'Baari Barsi' and 'Ainveyi Ainveyi'. Pace is apt. Acts are flawless. Ranveer shows sparks of talent in each frame. So is Anushka. She is a 'patakha'. As a bindaas girl aspiring to be a successful business woman, she's a treat to watch. Enjoyable moments between the lead pair. - what more one can want from a movie?

Definitely one of my most favorite movies of the year. Don't miss it.

Tags : Band Baaja Baaraat Movie Review, BBB review, Ranveer Singh, Maneesh Sharma, Aditya Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Salim Sulaiman, Ainveyi Ainveyi

Tees Maar Khan : Movie Review

See that line on top of the poster? If you can get that - you will love this film. Yes, its a trademark Farah Khan Film that never makes you think twice to laugh, think twice to involve in the movie. Just forget everything and enjoy whats on screen. The Farah Khan Thumb RUle that is. 

As expected - TMK is a riot of one liners and gags. And an ode to the masala movies as Farah always does. What I most like about her movies is - she never tries cheap humour like many of today's films [even Sajid's]. Dialogues are a highlight of the film especially the one-liners and spoofs. The repeatative lines are also to watch out for. Even the small details make you ROFL like in a small scene - name of a movie mentioned - left me in splits. I chose single screen cinema to watch it and I would never regret coz it was such a superb experience. Imagine people shouting whisteling at entry of each character [i wasn't left btw] and the riot in lower seats at 'sheila ki jawani'.. aahaha. :D 

OK, getting back to movie - well, don't know why people are like thrashing this movie over twitter and everywhere else. Also talking about 'bad second half'. Hah. I thouroughly enjoyed second half too. The twist in the tale - a ghost enters - is absolutely outrageous. And the movie.....

Break Ke Baad : Mini Review

Last romcom of the year, and ah, its the best of the lot. Imran plus Deepika are perfect looking couple together. Lovely vibrant art direction. Great songs, especially lyrics. Fun first half, good second half, the movie is worth its two hours. 

Though I was confused about Deepika's character for behavior in second half. Confused about love life etc, but I stopped thinking there. After all, its a 'movie' right? Imran as a love obsessed puppy, is wonderful and in his character. Deepika looks gorgeous, and for the first time, I 'loved' his act. She's the  Shahana Goswami was a surprise. And Lillette Dubey provided nice comic relief. and OMG Sharmila Tagore !!!

Watch it, its a harmless little mushy movie.
Tags : Break Ke Baad Movie Review, Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan, Danish Aslam

Udaan : Mini Review

After the fantabulous soundtrack and rave reviews I was keen to watch this movie, but it disappointed me. I did not get 'that' much awestruck by the movie as people raving about it. I always admire such efforts on small scale, and its not that if you want to make a movie, it must be large lavish and has great stars. No. A movie can have totally unknown faces, still it can make impact.

But somewhere, in the storyline, there was something that held it against my thoughts. Freedom in this movie is meant that the boy steals money from his papa's pocket, gets drunk at nights, fights with strangers, throws away papa's car - definitely I do not agree. Beautiful storyline the movie has - of a boy aspiring to be a writer. And some scenes are like a gem too where protagonist used to chant lines of poems. But rebellious scenes were too much, i think.

Movie is seriously slow and eventless in parts, that nothing happens. Even, the fantastic songs are used in pieces. Wish they were used at full length. Performances were nice, the boy Rajat Barmecha is excellent. So is Ronit Roy as a tough father. Overall, Udaan has its moments that are heart warming, but some flaws too.

Tags : Udaan Movie Review, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Aayan Boradia, Manjot Singh

Rakhtcharitra 2 : Mini Review

First of its kind - a movie in Bollywood is made in two parts. But I felt, that was unnecessary to differentiate a single storyline into two. The second installation of this bloody saga seems a bit stretched and overworked. This part has a 30 minutes recap of the first movie! So cut to two hours left - which are stretched just to make a full length movie. 

Second part has its own strength called Suriya. The man talks and acts with his eyes, pardon his southie Hindi. But sad that his act alone can not hold the hurried script and screenplay together. No doubt, there are moments that makes u 'awww..'. But after watching first part, many things are 'deja vu' and that makes it difficult for RC2 to hold on.

Ramu should get Sandeep Chowta back, ASAP. Bappi Tutul are so loud. It was bearable in first part, but in here everywhere some useless pieces of background score are thrown. Remember the gripping 'silent like' score in Satya? That's missing. Instead annoying shlokas are chanted every now and then, is painful.

Apart from Suriya, Priyamani is wonderful. Viveik looks tired of making same faces and Shatrughn Sinha is lost somewhere. Overall, this part was watchable just because of Suriya, and because we need to know what happened next, after watching the first part.

Tags : Rakhtcharitra 2 review, Suriya, Surya, Priyamani, Vivek Oberoi, Paritala Ravi

Rakhtcharitra 1 : Mini Review

Ramu + underworld + powerplay = awesomeness. Agree he has lost his mojo since many movies, but its back with this one. Shocking from its very first frame, gripping with each twist, Rakhtcharitra 1 is a must watch [but only if you can handle bloody gore visuals].

Viveik Oberoi is fantastic. He carrys the film on his shoulders, but wait, its Abhimanyu Singh who leaves his impression in viewers mind. As a baddie [would say, BAD bad baddie] Abhimanyu gives a stiff competition to Viveik. Shatrughn Sinha in a short role, is impressive - without moustache !!

Inspired by true story, true incidents from the life of Paritala Ravi a south indian politician, Ramu has tried his best portray all the incidents 'as it happened'. Such a shock he gives us that these things 'actually' happened. And at the end of the movie, trailer of Rakhtcharitra 2 makes one hope even higher, with Suriya on the board.

Gripping piece of cinema.
Tags : Rakhtcharitra movie review, Paritala Ravi, Vivek oberoi, Abhimanyu Singh, Bukka Reddy

Robot : Mini Review

To be frank, I do not like Rajnikanth's movies from past, actually, all action films are a no-no for me. But this time with this sci-fi flick director Shankar made me realized what fun i was missing by avoiding Rajni's movies. 

Robot is full on masala entertainer, no doubt about that, Aish is looking beautiful [i m gradually liking her after she got married :P ] Though I found Rahman's music pretty average, in the movie, it did suit perfectly. Mindless action sequences, drama and comic moments - Robot does not have a single dull moment. 

Guilty pleasure - Kilimanjaro and Naina Mile. Fun picturization.

The Dark Knight : Mini Review

Everything is just 'huge' in this movie. Not long-shots, there are huge long shots. [I sound crazy right?], and that is a thing made me fall for this movie. 

As a kid, we all [in India btw] used to see the Batman series on Star Plus. I would never miss any episode of it. So definitely this was on my list of 'must see'. Sad that it wasn't released at IMAX. 

All who praised Heath Ledger's performance, I agree with them all. Indeed, he deserved it. Also, no doubt Nolan is a genius. This is the only second film of him [after Memento] that I watched, now I am dying to watch the sequel of it. 
Tags : The Dark knight movie review, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger

I Hate Luv Storys : Mini Review

Another flick starring my fav newbies. Imran and Sonam, well, when I saw this, I already had enough torture by Sonam's 'non act' in Aisha.

Well, i dont hate love stories - and also- its a movie about movies-so i have to love this movie as an unwritten rule, but don't know why I did not like this one. May be coz it had pretty long phase of two lovers not talking to each other - sad sad moments and stuff like that.

OST is one of my favorites this year,but I did not like how each song is filmed as a part of movie shoot. Was expecting much more. I thought some more light moments could have been good for the movie.

Tags : IHLS movie review, I hate Luv storys movie review, Sonam Kapoor, Punit Malhotra, Imran Khan

Aisha : Mini Review

Duh! What a waste. I was so excited for this 'first one of its kind' movie of Bollywood. And as a fan of beautiful Sonam, and talented Abhay Deol - this was a major disappoint of the year.

Each frame was perfect, but just like a pretty picture, that looks just pretty, does not 'act'. Sonam proved she has a daddy dearest who spends mucho money on her 'great' fashion sense. Wonder what Abhay was doin in this one?

And oh, wonderful songs of Amit Trivedi - 'sigh''' wasted.

Tags : Aisha movie review, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Arunoday Singh, Cyrus Sahukar, Amrita Puri

Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai : Mini Review

My most favorite movie of this year. Acts, screenplay, art direction, songs, thrills - everything was perfect - as a movie should be. The era of Bombay of 70s is brilliantly created. Every small details has been taken care of. And the city of Bombay has been pictured in such a different way, that one would love to fall in love again.

Also - its a movie about movies, well not exactly, but to some extent there is a background story of film industry. The references to the real life characters are clearly mentioned. That makes the story more intriguing for me. Ah, and that signature tune in backgroud of each scene !!

Underrated Emran is good as always, But its Ajay Devgan who leaves his mark with fantastic act like he did in Company. And the ladies ? Kangana and Prachi, both are lovely and 'acts'. Ah, and the lovely lovestory of Ajay+Kangna - perfect chemistry.

Whats your take?

Tags : OUATIM, Once upon a time in mumbai movie review, Haji Mastan Movie, Ajay Devgan, Amitabh and Haji Mastan links, Milan Luthria

Lamhaa : Mini Review

Yet another wasted opportunity after movie Sikandar on similar background. There was a time when Kashmir and terrorism was hot favorite subject of many makers. Lamhaa stands along with many such movies. But not as good as they were - Roja and Mission Kashmir for examples.

Promos were fantastic and that made me watch it. But movie is a big downer. Starts of on a good note, but the typical cliches and mindless thrills and twists makes it a headache worthy. Music was real good, but it has been used only in bits and pieces. Bipasha and Kunal Kapoor are literally wasted. Sanjay is sleepwalking all around.

Would not recommend this to watch at all - check out its nice soundtrack by Mithoon instead.

Tags : Lamhaa Movie Review, Bipasha Basu, Kashmir Movies, Rahul Dholakia, Sanjay Dutt, Kunal Kapoor, Mithoon

Raavan : Mini Review

Well, most anticipated movie of the year, and why not? Its from Manirathnam ! So huge expectations, and all went wrong in terms of public and critical reception.

But as always happens, I tend to like such movies that are not accepted by anyone. :) Raavan did not bore me at all. Actually this was a movie that has a bad start of first half. That is rarely seen in today's movies. Personally I too felt that Abhi's act was hamming. But in start only. Later on, everything was okay. [except screeching Aish]

Breathtaking each frame - is the star of the movie. We have seen same locales in many movies, but the way it has been filmed here by Santosh Sivan-blows up mind. Pretty much criticized music sounds good in the movie too, especially Katta Katta. Underrated performance was of Ravi Kissen & Priyamani. Sad she did not have much screenspace.

Adaption of Ramayana was brilliant, liked it more than the adaption of Mahabharata in Rajneeti, and oh the twisted end shocked me ! Forgot to tell how promising Vikram looked? Cheers for more vikram in Hindi movies. No matter with RayBans or without them. 

Tags : Raavan Movie Review, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Abhishek, Vikram, Ravi Kissen, Priyamani, Santhosh Sivan, Manirathnam

Badmaash Company : Mini Review

A typical masala mess by YRF. A mish mash rehashed version of Bunty aur Babli, that fails on typical formulas in second half. If its a con-movie, the cons has to be intersting, and it is insteresting actually, in first half. But by time movie enters in second half, the cons get repeated, that fails the screenplay there.

Anushka tries hard to look hot, but she isn't that material yaar. Shahid is okay. Vir Das and Meiyang chang were good in start, but later they are sidelined to focus on [yawn] love story of Shahid+Anushka. I was crying for fresh air, when most typical twist in the tale happens - anushka gets pregs. Things go very predictably then, and the 'haappilly ever after' end is thrown.

Bad use of lush production resources.

Tags : Badmaash Company Movie Review, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Vir Daas, Meiyang Chang, Parmeet Sethi

Anjaana Anjaani : Mini Review

After Aisha and IHLS, another mushy flick around with some great songs. Must watch it- i thought and went in to come out happy. Yes, in terms of entertainment, Anjana Anjani does not fall short.

Storyline is pretty shallow though, its the treatment and the music which holds up the movie together. PC looks omg gorgeous and Ranbir does not skip chance to show his booty in this one too. Add vibrant picturisation of songs the movie makes a perfect candy floss entertainer.

What I liked most was the funny sequences all around in the movie. Though it dealt with a serious subject of suicides, never it felt heavy. And I am not the one who complaints of back to back songs in a movie, So for me - it was worth to go for !

Tags : Anjaana Anjaani Movie Review, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sidharth Anand, Vishal Shekhar

Me and My Filmfare :)

Guess what??!!!

Wall-E : Mini Review

Oh dear Wall-E !! You make me cry everytime I watch you. Making my belief in the green world more stronger, making me do something to contribute to it. Making me salute to the studio de Pixar for producing such a heartfelt tale that tells its points almost without much dialogues.

Voice of Wall-E - Ben Burtt with his 'too less things to say' - says much more. And the lovely chemistry of EVE and WallE is adorable. My favorite moment - when both of them dance in the space !

Keep 'em coming Pixar ! You guys put your lives into such creations- hats off !

Tags : Wall E movie review, Wall E, EVE, Andrew Stanton

The Exorcist Trilogy : Mini Reviews

Such a boring Trilogy ! Most overrated movies I have ever seen. No scares at all, even our Ramu can make better films yaar. Duh! waste of bandwidth, waste of 6 hours. Yawn.

Don't know why, but despite of being a fan of this genre - these trilogy just couldn't get my attention at all. I think the rip offs are way better than this. These movies were much more 'theoritical' than being 'practical' and scare people.

Wonder why it has been listed on top charts?!

Tags : Exorcist Trilogy review. Horror

Up ! [2009] : Mini Reviews

Don't know why- back here in India, people are so ignorant about the animation movies, they always mark it down saying 'cartoons are for kids' ! Would like to throw DVD of this movie to them, and say - meet me after watching this. Surely they would change their mind.

I love love love this movie. Love everything about it. The cute 'wilderness explorer' Russell, 'oh please oh please' dog 'Dug' and lead characters - Carl and his wife - i just loved them all. Making me annoyed why I missed watching this on a big screen.

Everything is so colorful, one can't keep their eyes off. The house with balloons in steer clear blue sky - heaven. And the distant world of Paradise Falls !! A brilliant part of the movie was - how it shows life of Carl and Ellie in such a short time span, yet heart touching it is.

Fantastic movie by Pixar, riding high on my All time Favs list.

Tags : Up movie review, Charles Muntz, Carl, Russel, Dug - the dog, Pixar, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

Memento [Mini Reviews]

Damn ! Such a confusing movie. I had to re-re-re-rewind the scenes to get it what the movie is trying to say. Ok, Christopher Nolan is God [!] but make it a little simple to understand what's going on screen, can you??

And that's why, I liked this movie. :P Yes, such a tricky narration, that makes one wonder and join the pieces of puzzle on the screen. I suck at writing about Hollywood movies though. Guy Pearce was good in his 'sanjay singhania' role. [oh, no, Ghajini references!!]

But give me Ghajini any day - Kalpana+Sanjay #ftw - make way Christopher !

Tags : Ghajini v/s Memento, Memento Movie Review, Christopher Nolan, Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano

Yamla Pagla Deewana : Music Review

Again, an old song has been taken and killed. Well, no doubt that Sonu Nigam sounds pretty honest in title track Yamla Pagla Deewana - a Dharmendra classic. But its the 'soniye manmoniye' addition sung by Nindy Kaur that put me off. Ofcourse, thats the thing one can expect when RDB is also included. If that is not enough there is a House mix too.

Earthy Charha De Rang is instantly likeable. New voice on board, Rahul Seth sounds so mature with backing vocals of Shweta Pandit and Mahalaxmi Iyer. I was surprised to see 3 other versions on the track list. One variant has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and same ladies, Rahat is safe in his regular stuff. Ali Pervez Mehdi's version is a nearly 1 minute long situation track with no music at all. While the third variant starts differently, a solo by Rahat, again a situational 1 minute long piece. Nice composition by Nouman Javid [remember Jashnn?]

Munni, Sheila and now 'Tinku'. Yes, that's the new one in Item songs race. Tinku Jiya is composed by the pioneer of such tracks Anu Malik. Expect outrage in terms of lyrics and composition-its there already. Shocked to see Javed Ali in credits alongwith Mamta Sharma. A track that will be fun at the time of release, but then, forgettable.

Sandesh Shandilya's Sau Baar is a nice change from former desi tracks. Omar Nadeem and Shreya Ghoshal's duet sounds nice, but don't know why Omar is singing it like Atif? Another desi alert in Chamki Jawaani. Composed in fashion of 'Namak ishq ka'[Omkara]-Mamta Sharma, Daler Mehndi and Master Salim is another fun track that must be hilarious on screen. But so much of Mamta Sharma, is no no for me.

Son Titariya is a folk piece sung by Krishna Beura, fast paced and foot tapping. Composed by Rahul Seth and Nouman Javaid, another riot. Talking of Punjab, and no Sukhvinder yet? Here he comes with Kadd Ke Botal - a song celebrating 'Punjabiyat'. An average one. And oh, Lyricist is Dharmendra !! The album concludes with Gubani by Shahid Mallya. Composed by Sanjoy Choudhary, ends pretty instantly. Should have been longer, nice one.

Overall, this was sure after the mad mad first promo of the movie, that it would never fall short of fun. And soundtrack gurantees that. Can't wait for the film.  Tags :Yamla Pagla Deewana Review, Yamla Pagla Deewana Music Review, Anu Malik, Nouman Javid, Sanjoy Choudhary, Rahul Seth, Sandesh Shandilya, Pyarelal

Mirch : Music Review

Monty Sharma - the name largely missing from mainstream films even after giving a superb score in Saawariya, is finally in light with Mirch - a not so big movie directed by Vinay Shukla. As the subject deals with subject like sensuality - the soundtrack has all the tracks on the theme.

Penned by Javed Akhtar - Kaare Kaare Badra is an outstanding mix of classical voices and guitar riffs. Shankar Mahadevan is in full swing in this song of waking desires. One get almost confused in next track-Mann Bhi hai - because Bela Shende sounds so much like Shreya Ghoshal in Sanwar Gai [Saawariya] . But as the lazy track goes on, its likeable, again a song about desires. :) 

Kunal Ganjawala with Vaishali Samant and Sharmishtha comes up next track - Zindgi tu hi bata. A typical Kunal croons, nothing to talk much about it. Interludes sounds like HumTum title song. Akruti Kakkar's 'Teekhi Teekhi Mirch'-western version is pretty average, even Javed saab's lyrics are not at all innovative. While Kalpana Patowary's Folk Version of the same reminds me of Ila Arun's 90s albums. Foot tapping it is just because of the rajasthani composition, but again, a forgettable one.

Talking about Ila Arun, and she is next in the last track 'More Saiyyan'. With Pandit Girish Chattopadhyay and Chaaru Semwaal - a fusion designed in 'Enigma'ish way, Ila keeps chanting some lines, Chaaru too. And lead singer is Girish - a mish mash in name of 'fusion'. Wish there would be no silly western beats, this could have been a nice smooth track.

Kaare Kaare Badra made me listen to this, and no doubt, it stands out in the album as the only 'worth it' track alongwith Mann Bhi hai.
Tags : Mirch Music Review, Konkona Sen, Shreyas Talpade, Raima Sen, Boman Irani, Vinay Shukla, Monty Sharma

Coraline [2009] : Mini Reviews

Based on a fantasy novella written by Neil Gaiman that has dashes of horror too, Coraline is one wonderful-beautiful little animation movie. Its a story about little girl named Coraline, who moves to new house where she find a small door that takes her to a new beautiful world, where all things that she dreams of-happens. But soon, she gets to realize its a trap of a witch.

The movie is made with step motion 3D, graphics are excellent, taking us to lovely world of fantasy. Sharp screenplay holds up the attention, that when the movie reaches its dark part, it does scare the viewer even though its just an animation flick. How the little protagonist fights and saves her family is an excellent tale. Though, some traces of Alice in Wonderland are there, like the secret door to another world, a cat friend etc., but Coraline has a unique storyline that makes a must watch.

As it happens with every animated movie, I can never get tired of re-watching such wonderful fables.

Who said there is only one - Pixar? 

Tags : Coraline Movie Review, Henry Selick, Coraline Book, Focus Features

Paa [2009] : Mini Reviews

Well, this one is from year 2009 - but I missed it then. Watched on DVD later, and man, what a movie ! Though, I would like to give full marks to the Director R Balki, then Mr Bachchan [well, yes, i m not fan of him, but still]. Why not Big B? Well, he has acted no doubt in such a heart felt way but I think all that make up [heavy!] and stuff were the main things that made us drool over his performance. And the direction, the moments - were more important then just the acts.

By the way, I just did not like the political angle in this movie. Was not expecting such cliched scenes like exposing on public television and [annoying] Abhishek in many such scenes. But good part is- the humor. Loved the way subject is treated in such a light way. Oh, and Vidya Balan in saree !!! did I forgot to mention [over smart, but] cute kids? 

Wonderful songs by Ilaiyaraja, would love to hear more of you in Bollywood, sir.

Tags : Ilaiyaraja, Illayaraja, R Balki, Abhishek, Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan, Paa Movie Review

Road, Movie [Mini Review]

The year, is coming to an end. And I thought, why not put up my thoughts about the movies that I watched but couldn't write about. So, here comes a series of Mini reviews in some posts coming up. 

During the first quarter of the year, this Abhay Deol starrer impressed me. Dev Benegal made this small movie somewhat special with its interesting execution, story of an aimless guy roaming in unseen world. What I find interesting in the movie is, it has been shot in such a way that one just can't identify the places. And it was not intended too. From the Blue city of Jodhpur to white deserts of Kutch, such an eye pleasing each shot is.

The best part in the movie was the 'Moving cinema hall' that was set up in age old truck. How all the characters get together and make the 'cinema hall' a super-hit amongst the villagers is an enjoyable part. Performances were definitely great. Abhay Deol repeats his past works, but nice. Dusky beauty Tanishtha Chatterjee was good but two supporting actors are my most favorite among all - Satish Kaushik and Mohammed Faisal [the Chaiwalla boy].

Overall, a nice refreshing change from regular formula films.

Tags : Abhay Deol, Dev Benegal, Road Movie review, Tanishtha Chatterjee, Mohammed Faisal, Satish Kaushik, Kutch white desert.

Guzaarish : Hrithik all the way !

The first thing I always watch out for in a SLB movie, is sheer visual delight. And he never disappoints. Guzaarish has stunning visuals of Goa the way it was never shot earlier. Was discussing the same with @rotikapadarum earlier in morning about how SLB would give a different take of Goa. Well, though being a man of Gorgeous sets, SLB do not go out for more shots, but whatever has been shot outdoor, it looks wonderful. Kudos Sudeep Chatterjee - the cinematographer.

So wonderful are the sets too. But somehow, I found it a leftover of larger than life sets of Saawariya. Even the color scheme. But must admit, all the magic sequences are outstanding. Tera zikr and Udi are the best shot songs of the year. Talking about songs [this review is going 'ulta' no?] there are hardly 'full' songs in this one unlike any other SLB movie [except Black]. Just a few lines here and there. Only two-Tera zikr and Udi are there. And man, what choreography ! I was literally clapping [and wanted to dance] to the beats of 'Udi'. Such a lively song on screen. 'Enjoyed' Aish's performance in that. Oh, and watch out for a 'real' song sung by Hrithik - Life is wonderful - did make everyone in audience cry. Bravo !

Performances are of course - great ! Hrithik steals the show with just his facial expressions. Just think - he does not have any opportunity to move any part of body except his face, how tough it is to act, to perform like that is really really tough. Credit goes to director too for such portrayal.

I am not a fan of Aishwarya, but somehow there are some directors who know how to present her such beautifully, how to get her act, and SLB is the one who knows that. She looks stunning in each frame [what costumes !!] , acts well in such short portions she's been given in otherwise 'all hrithik' film.

It would not be fair if we say Shernaz Patel-a supporting actress. No. She was 3rd lead in the movie. Flawless. And with a really short screen time, Monikangna Dutta catches eyes. And Aaditya Roy Kapoor- surprisingly good. Did I forget the always adorable Nafisa Ali? <3

Though having a serious subject, the movie does not have any dull moment. Even the climax which makes you cry, you have feelings of both - happy/sad ness. For fans of SLB [and even for non fans-for Hrithik], a must watch, who like great production values, good music score and superlative performances, Guzaarish is for you !

My Rating : 4/5

Tags : Guzaarish Movie Review, Gujarish Movie review, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Monikangana Dutta, Estella, Sophia, Ethan Mascarenas, Omar Siddiqui, Sudeep Chaterjee

Tees Maar Khan : Music Review

'Bond' like tune is absolutely fun in the title track 'Tees Maar Khan' sung by Sonu Nigam, so is the collage of dialogues and loud loud band baaja sound. Setting perfect mood for out and out masala of Farah Khan.

Next track has an interesting name 'Sheila Ki Jawani' [reminds me of first porn I saw-Reshma ki jawani, don't ask how horrible that movie was :P]. Another 'loud' song with sound of thumping, Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal join hands for this outrageous mad track which sticks to you only till its playing.

Then came the song I was waiting for - Wallah re Wallah. Why I was waiting? Because Farah has guranteed its biggest Qawaali-bigger than Tumse Milke [MHN]. Well, by first few listens, I don't feel so. Shekhar, Shreya, Kamal Khan and Raja Hasan all of them together - will take time to grow on me.

Sukhvindar Singh starts 'Badey Dilwala' - tribute to our very own desi Robin Hood. Shreya sounds trying too hard. Arrangements keeps one hooked and sets foot tapping. Not catchy enough. But, sure a treat to watch on screen - by lyrics I can tell that.

And the 'Idol' song - 'Happy Ending'. A typical Farah Khan style - end credit song. Sung by idol/saregama contestants - Harshit, Prajakta, Abhijeet Sawant and Debojit [well, from Saregama].Hard to identify them cause most of the part is sung in chorus. A Pritam'ish' track. Gah..

So, soundtrack didn't impress me much, but given a absolutely mad fun film, may be it can do better on screen. But given past record of Farah's movies, this is a downer.

Tags : Tees Maar Khan Music Review, Tees Maar Khan Songs, Vishal Shekhar,Prajakta Shukre, Debojit Saha, Harshit, Abhijeet Sawant, Farah Khan

Tees Maar Khan : Title song leaked.

As Farah Khan Tweeted : "Sm1 has unofficially downloaded tees maar khan title track guys.kuya yaar,that's not done!v were releasng it 7th in any case....The videos bn leaked!guess the buzz is 2 much.will officially put it on youtube 2mrrow (November 5) guys.taking this nonsense as a compliment.20000 hits!"

But I think this is a well planned leak, coz in that way they can have mucho attention and hits. Whatever.. but yeah, Vishal-Shekhar's signature theme sounds addictive.

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Favorite Southie Songs : A Beginner's Guide to Southie Music

Well, I have already explained in this post why do i like South Indian films, now its time for the music. Yes, its very tough to understand and loving the songs other than your language. So South Indian music took long for me to getting used to - and now I am addicted to find and listen music of many of the Southie languages. Thanks to friends on twitter @mad_nad & @FagunB for recommendations. Here I would like to list out some of my current favorite soundtracks - that anyone who's new to the genre, would love to listen.

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya: [Tamil]

My first encounter with Tamil songs - and how I loved it ! I just can't get enough of gorgeous songs composed by A R Rahman, by far one of my most favorite by him. While Kannukkul Kannai is a foot tapping number, Anbil Avan is fab with its 'big' sound. Omana Penne - combined with Tamil and Malayalam lines -steals your heart at first listen, 'rock'ish Aaromale and soothing Title song are just fantastic. But there are two tracks which has stolen my heart - Mannipaaya and Hosanna.

Shreya Ghoshal and Rahman sings this gorgeous melody, Mannipaya, with continued strings of Piano, a lovely LOVELY track.

And hosanna...oh, HOSANNA !!! This track by Vijay Prakash, Suzanne D'mello and Blaaze - is simply out of this world [for me atleast :P] the strings, the flute, the rap ..ah the works !

Varanam Aayiram :

Harris Jayraj - I have many recommendations of him. The one I have heard is Varanam Aayiram. Breezy soundtrack. From traditional Annul Maelae and Ava Enna, to rocking Adiyae Kolluthey - its addictive.

While it has two versions of song 'Oh Shanthi Shanthi', my most favorite is the slow one. 'Nenjukkul Peidhidum' sung by Hariharan, the lyrics are just wonderful. calm strings and dreamy voice makes it so special.

Second Favorite is Mundhinam. Sprinkled with 70's fun beats- the duet is a -fun-romantic song.

Anwar : [Malayalam]

This latest movie from down south has some really good songs composed by Gopi Sunder. Njan is a commendable effort of rap in English as well as Malayalm. Vijanatheeram sounds like a warrior's song sung by Sukhwinder. Kanninimma is a really addictive tune with its breathless singing.

Kavithapol is a favorite - sung by Gopi Sunder and A V Uma. A haunting track.

while Kizhakku Pookkum was a surprise to me. Arabic vocals by Sabri Brothers, accompanied by sweet voice of Shreya Ghoshal - excellent fusion.

En Swasa Kaatrea : [Tamil]

Well, this is an old Rahman soundtrack, as old as 11 years. But still it sounds fresh as all Rahman songs do. This is the movie which has original sources of 'Que Sera Sera [pukar]' and Jumbalika [Thakshak] - my favorite 90's Rahman numbers. Kadhal Niagara and Jumbalakka. While title track is a silent slow number, Chinna Chinna is a Tamil Garba !! Only Rahman could think of such arrangements.

Theendai Mei Theendai - is quite an innovative track, with its 'Enigma'ish sounds and Church choir singing. Sung by the perfect pair - SP Balasubramaniyam and Chitra.

and Thirakkaatha Kaattukulle is a really sweet song with naughty singing by Chitra and Unni Krishnan. Arrangements are gorgeous.

and finally,

The first southie movie I had seen,

Bommarillu : [Telugu]

Love love love Genelia, and this movie, and Sidhu. And why not the songs? All songs are fun fun. Bommani Geesthe - the romantic song to We have a Romeo - a fun college song. Kaani Ippudu - hmmmm.... and a typical 'shaadi' song - Laloo Darwaja with the lines Love makes life beautiful.... What's there to not love this soundtrack?

And the most favorite of mine - just for its fabulous singing by Siddharth himself. Appudo Ippudo !! Love its choreography love the lyrics love Genelia !!

Tags : Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya, Varanam Aayiram, Rahman, Harris Jayraj, Gopi Sunder, Anwar, En Swasa Katrae, VTV, Hosaanna, Mannipayya, Oh Shanthi Shanthi, Tamil Songs, Telugu Songs, Malayalam Songs

Jhootha Hi Sahi : Movie Review

Would like to start this post with one tweet of mine "When critics say - script is predictable - are they looking for a murder mystery"? That is my grudge with all critics - that I have never found a single 'nice' review for a nice, small, romantic movie. Is it so because they are not from big big camps? I remember how harsh same critics were on JTYJN too. I do not want to compare JTYJN with JHS, because both are different in a way.

Jhootha Hi Sahi is kinda mature one compared to eariler venture of Abbas Tyrewala. Characters are older, storyline is somewhat serious and so are the acts. JHS is story of Siddharth who volunteers a tele service that helps soothe people who tend to do suicide. And on phone, he meets Mishka, the story moves on how they meet each other and the relationship grows. 

The strongest point of Abbas' movies is always one thing : the Ensemble. He knows how to get some good actors together and how to take out the best act from them. Though JTYJN has one of the best ensemble a movie can ever have, JHS is not different in that way. Most famous face of youth television - Raghu Ram [Omar] alongwith not so famous faces - Alishka Varde [Aliya], Prashant Chawla [Uday], George Young [Nick] and Manasi Scott [Krutika], and John, moments between them are so enjoyable. Though Krutika's character seems to be an extension of Mala [from JTYJN], but never mind cause it has pretty short screentime.

Talking about pace, movie's start is a bit slow. In first 10 minutes it almost looks like Karthik Calling Karthik, and then somewhat similar to Anjana Anjani too, but after that it carries its own story. Charming sequences and lovely music. Main advantage of taking unknown faces in such a story that it doesn't overshadow the characters. Omar and Krutika serves as fun track througout - look out for them in second part. While debutant Pakhi as Mishka looks pretty suitable for the role. A role similar to what played by Priyanka in AnjanaAnjani, I would say Pakhi has played it more honestly. Okay, she does look little bit older for such story, but I don't mind when act is comendable.

The real star of the movie is John. This is undoubtedly his best performance ever. As a confident guy on phone and a stammering confused guy in real life, he acts ! And most of the running time, he carries the film with him. Given a good ensemble cast and his performance, there are only a few dull moments. I would recommend this to anyone who likes light, cute and entertaining romantic flicks. Don't go with expectations of JTYJN. No. Masterpieces can be made only once, but good products can't be avoided in such comparisons.
Tags : Jhootha Hi Sahi Movie Review, A R Rahman, Abbas Tyrewala, John Abraham, Pakhi Tyrewala, Raghu Ram, Call Me Dil

Break Ke Baad : Music Review

A first joint venture of Vishal Shekhar and Prasoon Joshi - was the 'to look out for' thing for this album. And definitely they have done a really nice job together. You can see that from the very first track - though 'Adhoore' is a typical VS song, its the words that makes difference [and same is applicable to whole album, lyrics]. Peppy, rhyming words- rhyming yet fresh lyrics makes an addictive start to album. Alyssa Mendonca does great job with Vishal.

Next up is Pritam's regular guy - Neeraj Shridhar. Singing a rather different stuff then his regular, Ajab Lehar is nice loveable track. Third track is yet another lyrical bliss - Dhoop Ke Makaan starts smooth with Shekhar's voice later joined by fabulous ladies - Caralisa Monteiro and Sunidhi Chauhan.

Dooriyan Hai zaroori - sounds an extended version of '10 on 10[pyaar Impossible], still its a rocking one. Monica Dogra steals the show from Vishal. Next track reveals what this movie is about - Main Jiyoonga will make me cry in the movie, I think. Similarly its English version Don't worry about me touches the right chord more than the original. Former sung by Nikhil D'Souza and later by Vishal. Sidenote : Don't worry is Vishal's most fav track he has ever composed]. Remix of Adhoore is good while acoustic version of Dhoop ke Makaan sounds soothing with minimal arrangements.

All in all, its a nice little soundtrack that shines with awesome lyrics by Prasoon Joshi - "Kaanch ka saman tha aur gir gaye hum, chhod kar khud ko banane phir gaye hum". Wah ! Keep 'em coming man !

Tags : Break Ke Baad Music Review, Break Ke Baad Songs, Imraan Khan, Deepika Padukone, Danish Aslam

Guzaarish : Music Review

This is the first time when a soundtrack of SLB's movie, did not impress me at first listen. And being a 'loyal' SLB fan, this has made me disappointed. Still, I am confused about it. Coz as I keep on listening to some tracks, I am loving the tracks. Especially 'Saiba' - sung by Vibhavari Joshi who sounds little bit high pitched for such beautiful composition. Portuguese touch of the song makes it more interesting. By far its my most fav track from album.

While title track starts where Saavariya ends, yes, with sound of rain and then some background sounds [of TV?] KK and Shail croons this beautiful track with lovely arrangements. Next track 'Sau Gram Zindgi' [!!?] sounds weird with unusual lyrics, add Kunal Ganjawala's singing toppled with 'angrezi' lines, the track is annoying. Another track - Tera Zikr too suffers from such lyrics. Sample this - "Teri Fiqr Hai, Yaa Faqr hai - jab jab karta hun, machlta hun, uchhalta hun, fisalta hun" - words are put just for the sake of rhyming. Otherwise, both tracks has nice compositions.

A short track by KK - Jaane kiske khwaab sounds nice but purely situational. After all slow tracks, a refreshing change comes in form of 'Udi' sung by Sunidhi Chauhan & Shail Hada, latin beats sounds fun. Shail Hada comes next with solo - Keh Na Saku - which does not work as it should. A song about expressing silent love requires more depth.

Chand ki Katori is a good pick from soundtrack. Especially Harshdeep Kaur's voice is a highlight of it. But again, some lines annoy me. Strings laden 'Daayein Baayein' is a nice smooth rendition by KK. But its forgettable as soon as you stop playing it. On the other side, why KK sounds ''so'' different in this movie? Another voice that sounds different is Shankar Mahadevan - in last track of album - Dhundhli Dhundhli. A song about lone evening - a standard SLB song that I loved for its composition and vocals. Would love to see on screen.

So by far, only two tracks out of ten - that I loved from this album. Lets see how it fares as it keeps growing on me. But still, what bothers me is lyrics part. Lyrics can make or break an album [example Udaan v/s Robot]. As I said on Twitter "Lyrics of Guzaarish, tries hard to be 'Gulzar'ish, but fails miserably."

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Action Replayy : Music Review

A 70's movie ! Was waiting for its music, also, after extremely catchy 'Zor ka jhatka' - that's a hit by now. Two Punjus - Richa Sharma and Daler Mehndi are in full form for this track with fun filled lyrics.

Next track by Shreya Ghoshal - O bekhbar reminds me of a song from Bhatt Bros.' movie. A typical 'Pritamish love song'. Nakhre - sung by Francois Castolliono which was featured in first promo - has nice 'twist' beats - recreating 70's. Lyrics makes it a part 2 of Zor ka Jhatka. Fun.

Surprisingly, 'Chhan Ke mohalla' starts exactly same as 'Dhoom again'. But instantly it gets 'wavey jhatka' kinda beats of 'Chor Bazari'. Sunidhi Chauhan & Ritu Pathak along with some addictive chorus singing, the track is interesting. With a good lineup of singers - Karthik, Mahalaxmi and Antara Mitra - Pritam tries to create a love ballad 'Tera Mera Pyar' but fails. Nowhere it touches right chord.

Mika is next with Dhak Dhak Dhak, is another passable track. I liked 'Luk Chup Jaana' for its loop sung by Tulsi Kumar. KK starts it well but when it goes on high pitch, wanna be rock, - it ruins the mood. KK's voice get lost in those portions. Another gr8 voice is wasted in 'I am dog gone crazy' - Suraj Jagan. wish SEL could have created a nice alternate. Shreya Ghoshal features again in the last track of album - Baaki Main Bhool Gayi - paas.

As the album gets a dhamaakedaar start - it doesn't live up to that. Inconsistent. Some tracks are fun, if given a 70's touch, the soundtrack would have been more fun.

Tags : Action Replayy Music Review, Action Replay Music Review, Pritam, Daler Mehndi, Richa Sharma, Francois Castollino, Suraj Jagan

Golmaal 3 : Music Review

There was a time, when Vishal-Shekhar gave fundoo songs for the first installment in this series. Things were above average in next part, and has got bad in the latest. Pritam has done a below average score for Golmaal 3.

Using VS' Golmaal tune - Pritam has scored a new one that easily goes off your mind-even when u r playing it. Wasted voices of Anushka, Monali and KK. Kal ho na ho in Pritam style is Apna Har Din - tells to live each day like its last - Shaan and Anushka can't save this song. Neeraj Shridhar and Antara Mitra get in groove with Ale, which sounds good, at least on screen it will look intersting as the pacey beats make it sound like 'cheer' song. Desi Kali by Neeraj [again] and Sunidhi is just another Hinglish Pritam track. Ah Pass it..

whatever has happened to the Diwali releases with great soundtrack ?

Tags : Golmaal Music Review, Golmaal 3 Music Review, KK, Anushka Manchanda, Monali Thakur, Rohit Shetty, Golmaal

The Japanese Wife [2010]

Some movies have such a charm in its narrative that they take to a different world. With leisurely pace and beautiful screenplay, ‘Water’ was such movie, now Aparna Sen tells you this beautiful tale called “The Japanese Wife” which surely leaves an impression in one’s mind for long time.

The Japanese Wife is story of two pen friends – Snehamoy [Rahul Bose] and Miyage [Chigusa Takaku]. Who later on become a couple by marrying each other, only through letters. Snehamoy lives with his Maashi [Moushumi Chatterjee] who later on bring her ‘God-daughter’ Sandhya [Raima Sen] and his son Paltu, to live with them as Sandhya is widowed in young age. How Snehamoy and Miyage live their married life for 15 years without meeting each other, how complicate life Snehamoy and Sandhya shares with each other is the crux of the movie.
Narration is the highlight of the movie. As a story of pen-friends, most of the scenes are executed with silent shots of both characters while narrating text of letters in background. Toppled with gorgeous cinematography [shot at Sundarvan-Bengal] each scene is worth watch.
And not to forget this wonderful Kite flying competition scene.
Story moves forward with minimalist proceedings and that is quite enjoyable for me. Even the background music is hardly there in many scenes still it strikes a perfect chord. [Music by Sagar Desai]. Movie is based on story written by Bengali author Kunal Basu, accompanied by flawless screenplay of Aparna Sen everything is perfect.
One can never go wrong with having Rahul Bose on board. As a shy, introvert small village teacher, he excels. While Chigusa Takaku as Miyage does not have many lines to speak as most of the time she is alone having no one around, but with expressions she leaves her mark, especially at climax, that lives your eyes moistened. Moushami Chatterjee has likeable role [and with most dialogues :)] as Snehamoy’s aunt.
But my most favourite acts are – Raima Sen [as Sandhya] and Paltu. [couldn’t find his real name, help]. While Raima too, has least lines to say, but impressive her eyes are. And the kid, Paltu – is such a charmer who reminds us of our own childhood. The way he says ‘Kaku’ [uncle] to Snehamoy, and the inquisitiveness in his eyes are treat to watch.

A lovely movie I missed watching in hall. Oh, and this was my second Bangla movie, such a sweet language it is. Need to watch more of them if time permits.

Tags : The Japanese Wife Movie Review, Movie Review, Aparna Sen, Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Sundarban, Bengali, Bangla

Jhootha hi Sahi : Music Review

1-800-Love ; Call me Dil and finally its-Jhootha Hi Sahi. Long awaited movie of Johnny and Abbas Tyrewala is finally set to release. And after only the first trailer [released with We are Family]- I found out it has Rahman's score ! And the trailer looked impressive too. Making me eager for songs and whoa! Rahman delivers it and how.

Cry Cry is a lovely addictive track which has become instant hit by now. Catchy in terms of words [as always, Abbas' words does it] and Rashid Ali's singing along with Shreya, makes the track fun. There are portions where he says – no no no, kabhi nahi.. quite fun !  Next track Maiyya Yashoda  got me hooked since first listen.  Absolutely fun track by Chinmayi and Javed Ali. Rahman always tests his singers by giving something that their singers are not used to. Like in 'Saawariya'[swades] Alka Yagnik sang in so high pitch which she never can. Here Rahman has given a nearly breathless long phrase to Chinmayi which she sings effortlessly. Another comparison with Swades – 'Pal Pal hai bhari' had a hidden message based on mythological tale in last para of song. Similarly, 'Maiyya Yashoda' talks about naughty Krishna but in last paragraph it gives message to 'share'. Well written indeed. The song will surely become hit for this year's Garba. Oh, and I forgot to mention about composition – check out Sitar at middle point of song – out of this world !

Hello Hello is an instant reminder to Karthik calling Karthik. But in a good way. Just that both has same flavor. Beeps and ring of phone. But with Karthik's flawless singing makes it a good listen. And after that… a familiar sound comes to us – Do Nishaniyaan – the vintage Rahman track. And how more fabulous it can get – with Sonu Nigam. Continuous tunes of Piano makes this haunting track highlight of the album. Whats more – same track has another version called 'Heartbreak Reprise'. Superb words and singing.

Pam Para – is an average track sung by Shreya Ghoshal. But the phrase 'pam pam pa ra pa ra' is sticky. Must be fun to watch on screen. A relatively new voice for Hindi music – Vijay Yesudas starts 'I'll be waiting' with dreamy notes. A 'hinglish' song with jazzy tune. Wonderful Wonderful. Watch out for smooth conclusion at the end. Next up is another version of 'Maiyya Yashoda'  [Thames mix]. Well, it's a remix that's it. Finally as album starts with Rashid Ali, it ends with him too. Another personal favorite of mine – Call Me Dil. Heart touching lyrics and strings and crooning of Rashid  - Awesomeness !!

My Favorites : Do Nishaniyaan, Call Me Dil, I'll be Waiting.

Tags : Jhootha Hi Sahi Music Review, Abbas Tyrewala, A R Rahman, Vijay Yesudas, Rashid Ali, Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali, Chinmayi, Sonu Nigam

The Big 'Dabangg' Theory

Thou shalt -

1. Start a movie with mind banging fight sequence so that audience can go shouting and whistling all over the world.

2. Pick a super hit song from your last movie and dance to it. During the fight. Super fun, ille??

3. Be an orphan, or have a widow 'dukhi' mom giving u lessons about life.

4. Add a stepfather and brother to fight with - more awesomeness !

5. 'Stand up on your own feet' [apne pairo pe khada hona, isn't it?! ] on your own. Show those dumbo 'step' guys that - bum kisise.. oops Hum kissise kam nahi'.

6. Be ''Garibo ka rakhwala' - A.K.A. Robin Hood !

7. Get 'sab se sexy gal' in village. Oh, and make sure she also has some due responsibilities to her family.

8. Get yourself some 'dushmani' before interval.

9. Oh, loose a family member pretty soon, so tht can be 'Jale pe petrol chhidkna'.

10. In between all of this, manage to dance to some superb songs with happening steps with / for the chick.

11. Oh, and don't forget to make some outrageous crazy moves with an Item Girl [no matter if she is your Bhabhi, arre Anil ne bhi kiya hai aisa...]. Making it Item song of the decade.

12. Create a family mess after interval, making things complicated for yourself, easy for 'dushman'.

13. Enter realization phase : Fight with dushman like never before shown on screen.

14. Save your best asset to show - for the right moment. [just, watch out for this scene - insane fun]

15. Dont forget 'Maaaa....' ; the saviour.

16. Oh, and follow the latest tradition - make way for a sequel.

"Humara naam humari image ko shobha deta hai, Chulbul Paandey !!"

That is Dabangg - the immensely entertaining flick as promised by Sal-Man-Khan. Go, Get Dabangged !

Tags: Dabaang Movie Review, Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Dabaang, Abhinav Kashyap

We Are Family : Movie Review

Hamesha.. forever. The song, is stuck in my head that is heavy right now after such a weepy climax. And its been a long, really long time since I wept like this watching a movie. And I love it when a movie can make me cry like this. Sidharth Malhotra's 'We Are Family' is a movie-that strengthen the belief in 'Bollywood' formula. The melodrama that ruled 70s movies. No matter it is based on Stepmom [and I haven't seen that one], but the Indian formulation of videsi story is done so perfectly, that except setup, nowhere it looks non-Indian.

We Are Family is story of troubled relationships, which generally - is not my most fav genre. But its the treatment of the movie, that makes it worth watch.

Anjaana Anjaani : Music Review

anjaanaanjaani3.jpgAfter watching very first promo, I was so annoyed that they played around one of the most favorite Rahman song of mine. Anjana Anjani from Yuva. I tweeted 2-3 times too that the song is annoying, but after repeated [hammering??] promos, I am actually loving the song. And after listening to full track 'Anjaana Anjaani ki Kahani' is a favorite fun song right now. Nikhil D'Souza and [yes, Indian Idol] Monali Thakur makes it fun on the go track. Oh, and did I mention 'RD Burmanish' sound in antaras?

After mazedar track Ahista Ahista in Bachna Ae Haseeno, VS again team up with Lucky Ali to give yet another great track. 'Hairat' penned by Vishal himself [!!] is outstanding in terms of words, singing and composition. As blogger-dost Harshit puts it, Lucky Ali still 'has it' at the age of 51. Indeed. Undoubtedly my fav from the album.

A hiccup comes after such tasty tracks, as soon as I hear voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, in a stereotyped manner. 'Aas Paas Khuda' is an okay number, sounds good only because of VS's composition and aalap before last para of song.

Peepli Live : Movie Review

I am not a fan of movies that glorifies poverty. So naturally, I was not 'that' curious about Peepli Live, directed by Anusha Rizvi. Coz I thought it will be a regular 'Satyajit Ray' genre movies [which I personally, don't like], that it is easily getting accepted around festival circuit.

But on the other hand, after all, its by the production house which is going strong day by day for their 'different' movies - Aamir Khan Productions ! And you know who most reliable in Bollywood is, when you are looking forward to him - he is never gonna disappoint. And the reports I was getting - that the movie has satirical touch - making it different.

And it is indeed....

Udaan : Music Review

Believed to be a biopic of Anurag Kashyap - 'Udaan' has got rave reviews around the festival circuits. Promos looks really promising and the inspirational and uplifting soundtrack makes me 'i can't wait for this movie'.

A really wonderful prelude welcomes listener to the track 'Kahaani Aankhon Ke Pardon se..'. Voice of Joi Barua and Neuman Pinto grows as the track goes further & reaches peak as superb strings takes centre stage, But ends up really soon in just near 3 minutes.

Pretty familiar 'Amit Trivedi' sound is there in 'Geet Mein Dhalte'. Reminicent to 'ek hulchul si [DevD]' , Amit Trivedi & Amitabh Bhattacharya rules with the track which repeats lines 'Naya kuchh naya zuroor hai'.....

Aamir Khan on Twitter !!!??

Tweeted recently by Karan Johar [@kjohar25] .. that [hold your breath..] Aamir is on Twitterverse !!!!

Its @aamir_khan on Twitter. Who tweeted from 'Samsung' Mobile, of course, brand he is promoting. Interesting that "